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Back surgery leg numbness

I had my second surgery 6 weeks ago. This surgery was to remove hardware and put in new hardware fusion, L4 L5 S1. Prior to surgery pain in left leg, when I woke up from surgery I had numbness in right leg from hip to toes. Could not feel my foot. Couldn't even tell when I had a shoe on, have been back to doctor 2 times. Have had the steroids, can feel my big toe, can tell when wearing a shoe numb half of my leg the right side, feels like I have a boot on or rubber band, can feel parts of my foot. For the first month woke up every night with terrible pain crying begging my husband to just cut off my leg that is better, feeling so discouraged. Having another scan next week to see if anything wrong with hardware. This is my right leg can't drive, my employer said I voluntarily quit when I couldn't return from fmla( had weeks off before surgery due to so much pain). I am hoping someone can tell me it will get better.


  • Jennie.. i feel for you... my left leg has been numb since the first night in recovery.. it has gotten a bit "different" but not better. all too well, i understand that horrid pulsing electrical pain shooting into your foot.. and the numb toes. bottom of my left foot is completely numb, pulses with pain, + half of my other parts are numb as well.. (!) my whole butt left side and left leg is draggy. with PT i've pushed it to get further, i have to walk a mile a day to get from where i park to GET to work, used to take me 12-15 minutes, now 20 to a half hour.. i fell two weeks after surgery as i couldnt feel the step i was on, and or thought i was ON the step and was not... after originally saying, this would go away. all of my hardware is in the right places. (did you have steroid injections or ?) when i was in the hospital - they gave me steroids - i tried a 6 pak by mouth, did nothing, Surgeon now suggesting an epidural or a racz procedure to get rid of scar tissue. my neurologist had said not to bother, but i really cannot live like this. i feel your pain... i really do... so sorry... at least you have an empath here...
  • Thank you for your comment. It is just so hard to force myself with the cane. I feel better on the walker more stable so will probably go back to the walker. With my first surgery I had 5 injections, radiofrequency(where they burn off your nerve ending) 2 more injection procedures was on oxycotton for over a test, and felt like a zombi. I really don't want up feel like that again so I'm taking norco and Tylenol. It is so hard to get through the pain. I was someone who was on the go from morning to night with work, meetings, school events now it is laying on the couch waiting for someone to drive me here or there. I am praying hard and hope that if I give my body time it will heal.
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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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